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NYU Wagner Visiting Professor Beth Noveck is featured in the December issue of Foreign Policy magazine as one of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers 2012,” and joins five others at New York University also recognized on the magazine's list -- including: Danah Boyd of Steinhardt, Chen Guangcheng of the School of Law, and, from Stern, Jonathan Haidt, Paul Romer, and Nouriel Roubini.
Professor Noveck’s book, Wiki Government: How Technology Can Make Government Better, Democracy Stronger, and Citizens More Powerful, has been translated into Russian, Arabic and Chinese. According to the Foreign Policy profile: “Open government isn't built in a day, or one presidential term, for that matter. But if the initiatives she [Noveck] has set in motion – from the National Archives dashboard for citizen archivists to the Department of Health and Human Services website for comparing insurance options –are any indication, Noveck has arguably done more than anyone to lay the foundations for a Washington that feels less like a cloistered village and more like an online public square.”
Professor Noveck served in the White House as the first U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer and as founder and director of the White House Open Government Initiative (2009-11). She has served as an advisor to UK Prime Minister David Cameron on how technology can better employ technology in the public sector. She also served on the 2008 Obama-Biden transition team and was a volunteer advisor to the Obama for America campaign on issues of technology, innovation, and government reform. She focuses her scholarship, activism, and teaching on the future of democracy in the 21st century. Specifically, her work addresses how we can use technology to create more open and collaborative government. With a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, she is collaborating with colleagues to create a research network on the impact of technology on democratic institutions.
She will be a featured guest at a Foreign Policy gala on November 29 in Washington, D.C.
Christopher Nolan, a student at NYU Wagner, has been chosen to receive the National Hispanic Health Foundation's 2012 Health Professional Student Scholarship, and will be honored at the Ninth Annual New York Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Gala Dinner on Nov. 29. The $5,000 scholarship is part of the Foundation's goal of recognizing and rewarding dental, medical, nursing, public health, and policy students who exhibit exceptional academic performance, leadership, and commitment to the Hispanic community. The National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF) is located at the New York Academy of Medicine and affiliated with NYU Wagner.
Christopher is in the MPA/Health Policy & Management program at Wagner and is Vice President of Operations for the Wagner Student Association. His specialization is Health Services Management.
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Author, activist and educator Irshad Manji was presented Nov. 11 with the New York Society for Ethical Culture’s highest honor – the Ethical Humanist Award. The award was established in 1970 to recognize an individual who has acted with extraordinary moral courage, and has been presented just 16 times.
Manji, who teaches at NYU Wagner, is the director of the Moral Courage Project. Housed at Wagner’s Research Center for Leadership in Action (RCLA), the Project equips people to become gutsy global citizens by speaking up in the face of intimidation. A reformist Muslim, Manji’s latest book, Allah, Liberty & Love, is a guide to reconciling faith and freedom in a world rife with repressive dogmas.
According to the Ethical Culture Society, the award is meant "to honor an individual who has acted with extraordinary moral courage, without regard for the sanction or acclaim of his or her peers or of society, and whose actions have had broad humanizing implications."
NYU Wagner visiting professor Beth Noveck and clinical professor Shankar Prasad are in 10 Downing St. today, Nov. 9, for the start of a two-day conversation -- co-hosted by Wagner -- on the future of democracy and the impact of technology.
They join about 40 others at a long table in the wood-paneled State Dining Room, a mix of intersecting and influential perspectives from industry, government, development, nonprofits, and universities. The participants also include Wagner MPA students Kevin Hansen and Sean Brooks.
The London gathering represents a planning meeting for a MacArthur Foundation-supported research network that will develop collaborative new strategies for tackling the world’s hardest problems.
In the evening, the group of thought leaders will head to a dinner organized by the World Bank to continue the discussion in an informal setting. They'll resume the conference on Nov. 10.
Click here to view the conversations on Storify.
Are you now or do you hope to play a role in helping to change the world? Looking for practical and tangible skills and know-how to help you do that? NYU Reynolds has answered the call.
Responding to the demand for greater access to social entrepreneurial related content, the NYU Reynolds Program is pleased to launch the NYU Reynolds R.E.A.L Workshop Series: a new series designed to support social entrepreneurs and changemakers with practical skills and knowledge bases critical to success in the field. The series is free, open to the public and to students from across the entire NYU community, with some sessions specifically targeted to undergraduates, graduates or the executive communities. An RSVP is required for each event.
This series digs deep into the NYU Reynolds network of social entrepreneurship professionals to feature a diverse collection of leaders who have honed their know-how through practice. Each presenter will share their knowledge and breadth of experience, leaving participants with a tangible skill or lesson learned to apply to their own projects and changemaking trajectories. All you need to bring is an open mind!
See below for the Fall 2012 schedule, RSVP links, and target audiences. We hope to see you there!
1. November 27, 2012: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
The 29 Mistakes You Are Bound to Make as a Social Entrepreneur
Zack Rosenberg, Founder and CEO, DoGoodBuyUs
Description: Often, presenters attempt to provide audiences with a comprehensive guide to their successes. In this workshop, Zack Rosenberg will present the mistakes he made on the road to building his social enterprise, DoGoodByUs. With the thinking that mistakes can often be more illustrative and instructive than success stories, you will walk away from this workshop with a clearer understanding of some of the specific challenges –and potential pitfalls—of marketing, funding, and partnering decisions. Additionally, you will learn more about #GivingTuesday, which is also on November 27. Pizza will be served!
Intended Audience: This workshop is designed for all levels of undergraduate students.
2. December 6, 2012: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Expanding the Philanthropy Footprint: The Challenge of Social Entrepreneurship to Traditional Philanthropy – What’s Fad? What’s Fab?
Description: This session is designed to help attendees understand how philanthropy interacts with the innovation ecosystem and the world of a social entrepreneur. The workshop will cover a vast array of philanthropic topics, from questioning the role of philanthropists and foundations, to discussing what “impact” means, to wondering what organizations, sectors, and people should be solving major societal problems. Using his expertise as a philanthropic advisor, Richard will provide insight into the relationship between a changemaker and his/her funders, along with valuable perspectives on how shareholder activism, varying organizational structures, and evolving scholarship on success, scale, and start-up funding models are changing the game.
Intended Audience: Graduate students and professionals are welcome, particularly those with philanthropic, development and/or grant-writing roles.
3. December 7, 2012: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Mobile Technology for Social Good Demystified: Demo and Discussion
Kate Otto, Mobile Tech for Development Consultant, World Bank; Founder, Everyday Ambassador; NYU Reynolds Scholar Alumnus
Description: This session will review various ways in which mobile connectivity is changing the world for the better, and provide participants with a tutorial in creating and deploying a free mobile phone based survey tool, manipulatable to a variety of applications. (Note: Android phone required to participate in demo. You don’t need an Android phone to participate in the session.). We will also discuss how and why too much digital connectivity can poison our efforts at meaningful change, and suggest the balance of tech and human connectivities that enable us to produce the highest impact outcome.
RSVP at: https://s.zoomerang.com/s/REALotto
Intended Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate students are welcome.
Wagner alum, Dylan Congor, received the 2012 Leslie Whittington Award for Excellence in Teaching presented by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). The award honors those who make outstanding contributions to public service education and demonstrate teaching excellence over a sustained period of time.
Congor earned her Ph.D. in Public Policy and Public Administration from Wagner in 2004, and is currently the Director of the Masters in Public Policy Program and Associate Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration at the Trachtenberg School at George Washington University.
She was presented the award on October 18, 2012 at NASPAA’s annual conference in Austin, Texas. David H. Rosenbloom of American University was also a recipient. The Whittington Award is named in honor of the 2000 recipient, Leslie A. Whittington, who perished in Flight 77 at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.
Congor joins Wagner Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy Ingrid Gould Ellen in this honor, as Professor Ellen received the prestigious award in 2009.